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to avoid the fiscal cliff and no talks have been set. the senate is due in session today, but the house has no plans to reconvene. last week, house speaker john boehner said it was up to the house to act on extending unemployment benefits. as we work through all of this, we are happy to be joined by allen capper, head of credit strategy at lloyd's for the hour. welcome back. i guess we're still shaking off the christmas turkey tryptophan, i guess they call it, and yet it feels as though it's groundhog's day. >> yes. you say shaking off the christmas blues and we're shaking still waiting to hear what happened with this fiscal cliff. we knew they would take it to the wire. there's no surprises. what concerns me, this may stretch on until january. now, this is not the first time we've been in a situation like this in my career in the markets. the opportunity is clearly markets may sell off and then an accord has to be reached. i guess a lot of people will be seeing that. >> what are you seeing in credit markets right now? is there a sense they're looking at the strong off move? >> i think in t
in the fiscal cliff talks. in the absence of a deal, senator reid is prepared to hold a bill on the president's backup plan. and as all of this goes back and forth, here is how markets are faring ahead of the open today. futures show the dow will shed about 70 points at the open, which is a bit of a rebound from the triple digit losses that we originally saw news of on friday. nasdaq and s&p are pointed lower in what will be the last and full trading day of the year. in asia, japan and south korean markets are closed. the rest of markets look a little bit like this. here is europe to begin with. only a few markets are open there today. among those closed include spain and germany. we're start with asia. shanghai composite is the outperformer. you saw up 1.6% there. here is a list of the markets closed across europe. germany, switzerland, germany and austria. for the bourses that are open, we can take a look at performance this morning and then we'll take a look over at the bond wall. the ftse 100 is down about .4%. ibex down .5%. not a clear picture. definitely mixed trade as people look to c
quietly working with senate democrats to come up with a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff, but little progress has been made. >>> a chinese ratings agency is putting the u.s. on negative watch citing troubles with long-term debt issues. on a statement on its web site, global credit says each political party insists on the proposition favorable for its own interest. it expects u.s. debt to rise to 105% of gdp this year and warns the country will probably fall into recession in 2013 if there's no resolution to the fiscal cliff. last year, it cut u.s. treasuries from a to a-plus with a negative outlook. >>> and the holiday shopping season is drying to a close. early numbers suggest what started out strong is ending with a whimper. mastercard spending pulse unit estimates sales rose .7% over the past two months, which would be the weakest pace since 2008 during the financial crisis. many analysts had expected sales to rise 3% to 4%. several events may have, of course, pushed consumers to spend less this season including hurricane sandy and concerns about how tax hikes from the fiscal clif
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